From Corset to the First Modern Bra

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Underpinnings|Tags: , , , , |

By Donna Klein The Online Etymology Dictionary tells us the word 'corset' comes from the Old French word for 'bodice, 'tunic'. The modern name of corset as a stiff, supporting, and constricting undergarment dates to c. 1795. The first undergarment that is truly considered to be a corset dates to the first half of the [...]

The Difference between Corsets and Bustiers

By | May 19th, 2011|Categories: Underpinnings|Tags: , , , , |

Bustiers vs. Corsets: Learn The Difference Here At Recollections Bustier and corsets are both common historical undergarments that pair well with Victorian and Edwardian dresses. While the terms are sometimes used synonymously, in reality, they are two completely different undergarments used for different reasons. The bustier and the corset share similar characteristics. They are closely [...]

Bloomers, Pantaloons, and Knickers – Oh My!

By | April 10th, 2011|Categories: Underpinnings|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pantaloons, drawers, knickers, and bloomers. What do all of these items have in common? During the 1800’s all were adopted by women as a necessary article of clothing. During the early nineteenth century women did not typically wear anything under their skirts and petticoats. However, during the empire period early in the century, women’s clothing [...]